And to the new subscribers, welcome! I'm excited to share my upcoming fall events, including a Thursday evening class series
and a free mini-show and lesson
at the East Fourth Street Community Garden.
This summer, I was honored to teach a guest workshop at Dance IT in New Jersey. The dancers were talented and lots of fun to work with! (A photo with a few of the dancers is below.) And I was thrilled to take several workshops with Nesrin Bahaa of the Reda Troupe at the Jewels of the Orient Festival. It's been an inspiring summer, and I have a lot to share with you this fall!
Read on for updates about the class schedule and shows, along with some timely fun facts about Arabic language and music.
Beginner and intermediate/open level classes are about to begin, Thursday evenings on Church Avenue in Brooklyn!
Intermediate classes will start on Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:30-9:30 p.m. Classes will be organized in a six-week series format; this session will meet Sept. 17, Sept. 24, Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22. Registration is $105 for the series; please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for payment details. We need a minimum number of dancers to pre-register by Sept. 10 in order to run this series. If you're planning to come, let me know. I'm excited to get back to class and hope you are too!
For the September/October series, we'll be working with combinations for samai rhythm. This is an unusual and beautiful 10/8 rhythm, most closely associated with muwashahat music but found in other pieces as well. Combinations will emphasize grace, elegance, and strong footwork skills. (We may also sneak in some 7/8s and/or other unusual rhythms as the series goes along.)
Thursday evening classes will take place at Alden Moves, 1203 Church Avenue, Brooklyn. This studio is convenient to the B/Q stop at Church Avenue, and also accessible from the F/G at Fort Hamilton Parkway or Church Avenue.
If you are interested in a beginner series, please get in touch at email@example.com. We are likely to have classes from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning in October. Right now there is some flexibility about the start date, so if you want to come, let me know; there's still some room to adjust the series to fit people's scheduling needs.
If you're excited about beginner classes in Brooklyn, encourage your friends to join in -- the more the merrier. :) I am also open to teaching a beginner series at a different time/place if you and your friends want to dance but can't come on Thursdays.
And come try out a free lesson at the community garden (details below).
Come celebrate dance in a beautiful outdoor setting at the East Fourth Street Community Garden
. I'll be performing and teaching a mini-lesson at this free event. It's a great opportunity to try belly dance, learn some moves, and enjoy fun music.
The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 20, 4-5 p.m.
, at the East Fourth Street Community Garden
. The garden is located at 179 East Fourth Street between Caton Ave. and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Kensington, Brooklyn.
I'll also be performing to the music of Ishtar at Rakkasah East
on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3:48 p.m. Rakkasah East
takes place at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ. Festival admission on Sunday is $18.
This newsletter brought to you
by the Arabic words for ...
In honor of the end of summer, the beginning of harvest season, and my upcoming event at the East Fourth Street Community Garden, today's newsletter spotlights Arabic songs with fruits in their titles.
Keep in mind that mentions of fruit may be metaphorical references to other sweet, delicious things ... And this first song is a great example.
"Enab" is "grape." Be sure to watch this fun video if you haven't seen it before, and listen for the other fruits the singer mentions in the verses. You will hear "mooz" ("bananas"), "manga" ("mangoes," easy one!), and "balah" ("dates").
El Farawla by Metqal Qinawi
"Farawla" is "strawberry." If you've taken my Saidi series, you know this song!
Bortuqal by Mohamed Abdel Wahab
"Bortuqal" is "orange." If you have a translation of this song, please share! I would love to know more about the lyrics.
Romana by Khaled Al Iraqi
"Romana" is "pomegranate." The other songs on this list are Egyptian, but I couldn't resist including this Iraqi track.
Ya Btaa Toufah by Ahmed Adaweya
"Toufah" is "apple"; the full song title means "the one who holds the apple." You may also find this song under the title "Wala Ya Wala."
Bonus: Bint Al Sultan by Ahmed Adaweya
Because I cannot resist some bonus Adaweya, either! The song title means "daughter of the sultan," but the singer does mention a fruit in the song. He compares the woman's sweetness to "ananas" or "pineapple."
Want more delicious Arabic? Here
is one list of vocabulary for fruits and vegetables. Each item includes the Arabic word, a transliteration, the translation, and a button to click to hear the pronunciation.
Know some more Arabic songs with fruit vocabulary? Feel free to share. If we come up with some more, I'll include them in the next newsletter, along with another new language/music topic.
Thanks for reading, and happy shimmies!